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5.0 out of 5 stars BIG BILL'S BIG STORY A SHAM?, 1 May 2007
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MARTIN CLAYTON "cruedo" (Summer Wine Country, West Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book had me hooked from the opening pages. So much more than a book about the origins of a sport, this is the story of many peoples lives (Red Vogt, Bill France, Raymond Parks, Red Byron, Lloyd Seay, Roy Hall and others) and how they intertwined. The backdrop is the Southern inferiority complex and identity of a region who like to thumb their nose at Yankee rules. As an English NASCAR fanatic I lapped it all up but I am sure that anybody with an interest in motor sport, and/or US history will love this. The fascinating story of how Bill France more or less stole the sport right from under the noses of all the founders and made it a dictatorship, and then went on to kick all of the whiskey bootleggers out and write a different history for future consumption is just amazing. Then the irony of him spending his final days riddled with Alzheimers telephoning all of the old cronies to talk about cars and racing is touching. I am now going on to read his book about Alan Shephard - and I don't have any interest in spaceflight!

BRILLIANT!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely GREAT book and a real tour de force of research ..., 7 Sep 2014
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Absolutely GREAT book and a real tour de force of research - so much so that the author actually went to live in the South for six years in order to write it. Fascinating background to the deepest darkest origins of NASCAR which pulls absolutely no punches. Thompson even makes a case for stock car racing's origins being back in the Civil War!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sublime and Wonderfully Subversive History of NASCARs birth ., 26 April 2013
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I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this book . I could not put it down . Neal Thompson has written a sublime history of the birth of NASCAR . It is the story that modern , corporate , NASCAR would rather see airbrushed from its history . Everything is here , all the stuff they'd sooner pretend never exsisted , the moonshine runners who were the sports founding stars , the ramshackle dirt tracks , the beat-up ( but fast ) Ford V-8 Coupes and how Bill France managed to high-jack the sport . Neal Thompson even manages a fine account of illicit whisky distilling and its place in the life style of the Southern States . A delightful book from begining to end . You will loves its heroes and even feel warmly towards its villains , whether or not stock car racing has ever interested you .
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